Uday India Caring for Divyangs
India is passing through a major socio-demographic, epidemiological, technological and media transition. The political, economic and social changes have altered the health scenario. In the past two decades, India has witnessed rapid urbanization, motorization, industrialization and migration of people resulting from socioeconomic growth and development. With mechanization and revolution in technology, traditional ways of living and working are being altered. Disability is a major public health problem in India. Lack of reliable and good quality national or regional data has thwarted their recognition. Many disabilities are linked to social, environmental, cultural and biological issues in causation; recognized as man-made and behaviour linked disorders and linked to socio-demographic transition. Prevention, acute and long-term care, and rehabilitation are the major challenges faced today.
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address has said ‘we see a person’s disability from our eyes. But our interactions with them tell us that, that person has an extra power. Then, I thought that in our country, instead of using the term ‘viklang’, we should use the term ‘divyang’. These are the people who have a limb or several limbs with divine powers which we don’t have.’ It is to salute these ‘divyangs’ that Uday India, a national weekly, and Disabled Welfare Trust of India organised a programme, Sneh Milan” in Surat recently. In this prograame over 40 ‘divyangs’ were felicitated for their contribution towards the society and another 450 ‘divyangs were presented with educational kits. Dr Imam Umer Ahmed Iliyasi ( Chief Imam of India), Shri Deepak Kumar Rath (Gruop Editor & CEO, Uday India), Padma Shree Kanu Bhai Tailor (President, Disabled Welfare Trust of India), Shri Kanakpati Rajesh (IAS) DDO, Surat, Shri Ghanshyam Soni (IRS) Deputy Commissioner, Excise, Custom & Service Tax, Surat, Nirmal Jain (Bureau Chief, Uday India), Jignesh Paatil (President, Youth for Gujarat), Girish Luthra (Chairman, Luthra Group of Companies), R. J. Patel (retd. IAS), Ravi R Kumar, Director, Educational Pvt. Ltd., Subash Gantayat (Advisor, Uday India), Chirag Doshi (President, RPS India), Raju Shah ( President, Surat District Motor Driving Training School Owners Association), Mahendra Rout (National Co-ordinator, Uday India), Rekha Ben (Administrator, Disabled Welfare Trust of India), international sand artist Rajesh Prajapati, Dr Hema Rout (Uday India), Gena Bhai Patel (Padma Shree), Manish Shah (Uday India), Hiral Modi (Uday India) graced the occasion and emphasised the need for change in outlook towards the ‘divyangs’.